The world of an ant is a scary, dangerous place. All you want to do is get home to the safety of the anthill, but there are a multitude of dangers out there; ravenous predators, impossible chasms, careless humans, and a whole host of other dangers for a single member of the family formicidae who only wants to go home. At least, this is the premise for the charming new point-and-click game Hormiga Escape.
Designed by Federico Rutenberg, creator of the Esklavos series, Hormiga Escape is a short but fun little game that involves getting the titular hero home before he is eaten, drowned, crushed, or otherwise mangled by his environment. Not exactly an escape so much as a point-and-click adventure boiled down to a few quick minutes of gameplay. There's no changing scenery here, the ant is at the lower right of the screen and he wants to get to the anthill at the upper left. Simple.
Use the hand-shaped cursor to pick up or manipulate objects, or to nudge the little Hormiga (Spanish for ant) along. The only problem is the stubborn ant won't move forward if there's a deadly obstacle in the way, so it is up to you, brave gamer, to neutralize the danger so our little six-legged friend can make it home and live to menace picnics another day.
Hormiga Escape is one of those quirky little games that are easy on the eyes and the brain, a fun bite-sized little break from the day. With its lovely graphics, little animations, and kicking jazzy soundtrack (and even background and incidental noises as well), this shows that a lot of effort went into this amusing little adventure. There's not a lot of game here, but what there is is casual gameplay done right. Simple, elegant, easy on the eyes, and over quickly, Hormiga Escape is the perfect little gem to go with your early morning coffee, a quick five-minute workout for your brain to kick start the day. What are you waiting for? Help your little friend get home!